President Joe Biden announced Thursday that his administration had purchased another 200 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines approved for emergency use.
In a speech at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, Biden said that the U.S. has signed contracts with Pfizer and Moderna for 100 million doses of each company’s vaccine.
The additional doses bring the U.S. total to 600 million. They are expected to be delivered by the end of July, ensuring that the nation has enough of the two-shot vaccines to inoculate 300 million Americans. About 260 million people in the United States are currently considered eligible for the shots.
The administration had previously said it expected the additional doses would be available by the end of the summer.